In Boston, we can’t get enough of the spring and summer nights dining al fresco. The following spots are located in historic Faneuil Hall, offering prime people-watching. Not only do you get to enjoy the warm weather and tasty food and drinks, but before or after dinner, there is also no shortage of shops and bars to explore when you dine at the following five options.
188 South Market Building, 617-523-8862
Celebrity chef Todd English’s Kingfish Hall serves lunch and dinner, seven days a week. The menu is heavy on New England-inspired cuisine and plenty of seafood, all in an upbeat atmosphere. Enjoy a meal sitting in an oyster-shaped booth upstairs or have some food and drinks in the bar area on the main floor. To take advantage of warm weather, dine on the cozy patio at tiled tables with umbrellas. It is the perfect place to enjoy Boston favorites like clam chowder and lobster rolls. The menu also features appetizers like the tuna tartare and treats from the raw bar, as well as entrees like fish and chips or wood grilled seafood or sirloin.
2. Ames Plow Tavern
294 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 617-523-8928
Ames Plow is an American tavern with a basement-level bar featuring a jukebox, as well as an outdoor bar and patio area. With red umbrellas to keep you cool from the hot sun, this no-frills dining area is right outside of Quincy Market. Locals love the friendly bar staff and the unpretentious atmosphere. Plus you can’t go wrong with the affordable dining options. Kick back with beers and classic pub grub like nachos, burgers, and pizza. You don’t have to go to Fenway for a frank when Ames has a tasty chili cheese hot dog on the menu as well.
3. Ned Devine's
1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 617-248-8800
Ned Devine’s is an Irish bar where you can see live cover bands perform on weekends. The patio is where it is at though when warm weather is on the horizon. Located right in Quincy Market next door to Ames Plow, the patio features umbrellas over small tables. Nosh on hearty entrees like Shepherd’s Pie or beef stew, have a light yet satisfying salad, or go for apps perfect for sharing like nachos, sliders, or crab and artichoke dip.
4. Salty Dog Seafood Grille & Bar
206 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 617-742-2094
Enjoy sunny Boston days at Salty Dog, under blue umbrellas in wicker chairs. This seafood spot is in the center of it all, with all the fresh fish you could want. Dine on clam chowder, calamari, raw bar favorites, crab cakes, scallops, fried fish sandwiches, and so much more. It is a casual destination where you can have drinks on the patio, by the bar, or sit for a meal, either in or outside.
101 South Market St., 617-720-5570
Anthem features American favorites like their award-winning clam chowder. They have macaroni and cheese, and you can even add ham, lobster, hot dogs or shaved bacon to mix it up. The restaurant features an outdoor patio with small tables, plus window-lined walls inside, so you won’t miss out on the chaos happening in this busy part of town. Enjoy quality cocktails and comfort food like meatloaf or wood-grilled specialty flatbread pizzas.